Marigold Collective is a social enterprise dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of women. We partner with women-focused Artisan Cooperatives in developing countries to provide market access for their high quality products.
Our goal is to support women in their effort to overcome poverty and to being able to provide a sustainable livelihood for their families while preserving heritage craft traditions.
With artisan activity being the second largest employer in the developing world, millions of women depend on the income earned from these activities. Marigold Collective sells certified fair trade, direct trade and ethically sourced goods handcrafted by artisans who have been paid a fair wage, are working under safe working conditions and are treated with respect and dignity.
While we source primarily from companies that are members of Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade Organization, there are a few exceptions. For these companies we research their practices to understand how they apply Fair Trade principles, and to ensure that they are adhering to Fair Trade values.
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Fair Trade protects the environment by re-enforcing practices that minimize environmental impact while supporting community development through workplace structures where artisans invest in better housing, healthcare and education for their communities. Fair Trade empowers producers and creates sustainable, positive change.
We are interested in supporting artisans who embrace their country’s unique traditional art forms and engage in sustaining ancient techniques. We believe this helps preserve a country’s cultural heritage while also increasing the value of the artists’ works within the global marketplace through new products and design approaches.
Paula Terrio-Boyd | Founder/CEO
Hi! I’m Paula! I started Marigold Collective as a social enterprise in 2013. I have a background in community development, fashion, retail, and working towards social justice through fair trade. Creating Marigold Collective has allowed me to combine all of these passions into one focus.
I like to work with products made with fair trade principals, transparency and sustainable/ecological production methods. Creating more opportunities for low-income artisans through access to design and new markets is my main goal.
Many women all over the world, are the first to slip down the economic ladder due to the hardship of maintaining family responsibilities. The women’s cooperatives we work with enable women to bring their earnings back to their families and communities, impact areas like education and health care. I believe that “trade and not aid” is the way to break the poverty cycle. Your interest and purchase is the most simple and mutually beneficial way to empower disadvantaged women.
Sophie Barbagallo | Marketing
I’m Sophie! I have worked alongside my mom (Paula Terrio-Boyd) since the beginning of Marigold Collective, and I help with website development, social media, marketing and buying projects.
Our Kantha collection is ethically produced by a family business based in New Delhi. We have worked with this family for over 2 years, importing small-batch collections of one-of-a-kind, shawls and scarves.
These beautiful pieces are made from vintage saris, up-cycled into fashion pieces. Two saris are put back to back and then sewn together with the “Kantha” running stitch, creating a scarf of shawl with a completely different colour and pattern on either side.
Silk looks beautiful with it’s lustrous sheen, is a durable fibre and is both warming and cooling. Each of these pieces are unique in pattern and colour and threads. Frayed edges, patches are all part of the nature of working with vintage cloth and re-creating a new product from old.
We are partnered with a fair trade women’s cooperative in a community east of Hanoi, Vietnam. With 20 families operating 25 looms, this cooperative and can weave nearly 5,000 scarves per month! Silk weaving has existed through many generations, and scarves are woven with respect to tradition.
Weaving is an important way for villagers to make a living and bring money into their communities to provide education and medicine.
This cooperative employs sustainable practices like:
- Using silk that is cultivated locally in their hand spun yarns
- Using safe dye ingredients to protect the health of the artisans, the environment, and you!
- Dye-waste-filter system, helping to protect the local environment
This collection is created by a fair trade women’s cooperative located in the North Western Himalaya Valley region of Manali, India. It was formed by a group of tribal women in 2001 with the aim of creating sustainable employment for women and in these remote areas. Now, with a production team of over 800 artisans, they provide free hand-loom weaving training to community members, generating income for over 150 families.
This cooperative produces high-quality, hand-woven, and eco-friendly products using natural fibres like wool and sustainable vegetable dyes. Using traditional weaving equipment, similar to those used in that area hundreds of years ago, our scarves are woven respecting the regions tradition.